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There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.
Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality.
All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration.
Tardiness often robs us opportunity, and the dispatch of our forces.
Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.
Princes and governments are far more dangerous than other elements within society.
God is not willing to do everything, and thus take away our free will and that share of glory which belongs to us.
Benefits should be conferred gradually; and in that way they will taste better.
The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.
A wise man will see to it that his acts always seem voluntary and not done by compulsion, however much he may be compelled by necessity.
Severities should be dealt out all at once, so that their suddenness may give less offense; benefits ought to be handed ought drop by drop, so that they may be relished the more.
Men are more apt to be mistaken in their generalizations than in their particular observations.
A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise.
The new ruler must determine all the injuries that he will need to inflict.
He must inflict them once and for all.
For among other evils caused by being disarmed, it renders you contemptible;
which is one of those disgraceful things which a prince must guard against.
Men sooner forget the death of their father than the loss of their patrimony.
There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.
Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others.
One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.
I'm not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.
It is not titles that reflect honor on men, but men on their titles.
We cannot attribute to fortune or virtue that which is achieved without either.
Since it is difficult to join them together, it is safer to be feared than to be loved when one of the two must be lacking.
Whoever conquers a free town and does not demolish it commits a great error and may expect to be ruined himself.
Many have dreamed up republics and principalities that have never in truth been known to exist; the gulf between how one should live and how one does live is so wide that a man who neglects what is actually done for what should be done learns the way to self-destruction rather than self-preservation.
The one who adapts his policy to the times prospers, and likewise that the one whose policy clashes with the demands of the times does not.
The fact is that a man who wants to act virtuously in every way necessarily comes to grief among so many who are not virtuous.
No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.
A prince must be prudent enough to know how to escape the bad reputation of those vices that would lose the state for him, and must protect himself from those that will not lose it for him, if this is possible; but if he cannot, he need not concern himself unduly if he ignores these less serious vices.
A prince must not have any objective nor any thought, nor take up any art, other than the art of war and its ordering and discipline; because it is the only art that pertains to him who commands. And it is of such virtue that not only does it maintain those who were born princes, but many times makes men rise to that rank from private station.
War is just when it is necessary; arms are permissible when there is no hope except in arms.
Men in general judge more by the sense of sight than by the sense of touch, because everyone can see, but only a few can test by feeling. Everyone sees what you seem to be, few know what you really are, and those few do not dare take a stand against the general opinion.
It should be noted that when he seizes a state the new ruler ought to determine all the injuries that he will need to inflict. He should inflict them once and for all, and not have to renew them every day.